Thursday, 23 April 2015

Another new sketchbook


call me addicted but yesterday but here's another new sketchbook (and new decking actually) 


It's important with new sketchbooks to jump right in. Don't dither about. Grab it and make a mark, a good mark or a bad mark, probably not a dialogue about how if you write in this lovely book you will ruin it and so you are writing a formal apology to the book before you get to ruining it. 


My first page is on the second page. This is very good for me. My inability to start at the beginning and finish at the end annoys my friends.


Have you ever doubted the claims that Colgate total makes? There are a lot of them. It's pretty much the cure for everything I think. I might have made the last few up. 


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

oodles of doodles

I bought this for my small boy. Mostly because I thought if he didn't like it, I'd bind the pages into my own journals. Some of the pages are pretty, when they are not demanding you draw 'sad colours'.


Of course Mr Nut gets around these intrusive instructions by blatantly ignoring them or occasionally doing the exact opposite, unless he approves, of course.


He attitude to art is unspoiled; he has no doubts and just wants to draw on every page of a book as soon as possible. He will joyously scrawl on any available piece of paper without ever worrying about the invisible audience silently judging the quality of the work, or anxiety about filling the book to soon and having to get another book or going too fast and not doing it properly. There's a lot to be learned from that. 


Also, he's written out how to sing the Doctor who theme tune, the greatest piece of music ever written. BOMP. 



Saturday, 4 April 2015

Reading material




Easter holiday reading materials: Ladies that draw.  

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Writing Materials


Since i've practically finished my old journal (and bound it in my old boots- well, the leather) I decided to make some new ones.




 One I bound using ring binder clips (and I'll show that later) but the second I decided to do a proper text block for the first time- its easier than I thought, as long as you have clear instructions- I found this tutorial from bookbinding university the clearest. I can't believe I put it off so long.


I used a lot of different papers. I have a problem throwing out those asian manilla envelopes out... and my sons nursery still had reams of that prehistoric dot matrix printer paper which I found hilarious.. so that goes in there...




And some vellum, of course...

And I stuck some nice leather to the exterior.. I'll do a clasp when I have a better idea of how fat it's going to turn out (or so I say; it's mostly because I never get round to doing these things...)













Friday, 20 March 2015

In case you missed this morning is eclipse I braved the cold weather to bring you this summary of my live blogging of the event! Enjoy!

Wow! It's starting! Maybe. Who knows.





Here is my shot of the big event!













Monday, 16 March 2015

Old journal


Last page. 

Blossom

Important news: New house has several blossom trees that are blossoming.
I hung the washing out on the line (and it dried)



When petals fall in water, they align perfectly. 

As you were.